Turning the Tide: U.S. Intervention in Central America and by Noam Chomsky

By Noam Chomsky

Publish 12 months note: First released in 1985
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Noam Chomsky addresses family all through imperative the United States and relates those to superpower conflicts and the general position of the chilly conflict in modern diplomacy.

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The US Embassy denied investigating either massacre. 75 We return in chapter three to the interesting reactions of President Duarte, in these and other cases. ”76 Human Rights Secretary Abrams has become particularly notorious for his denials of human rights violations or apologetics for them, in Central America and Turkey particularly, and for his attacks, in the familiar style of his Stalinist models, on human rights advocates. 77 Reagan’s devotion to human rights was clear before his accession to the Presidency, which permitted him to put it into practice.

There we can read of “the contras’ litany of destruction”: the destruction of health and community centers, cooperatives, kindergartens and schools with such methods as these, described by one of the survivors:22 Rosa had her breasts cut off. Then they cut into her chest and took out her heart. The men had their arms broken, their testicles cut off, and their eyes poked out. They were killed by slitting their throats, and pulling the tongue out through the slit. S. ”24 Nor can the US apologists for the “democratic resistance” or those who front for it.

What would count as “confirmation” he does not say, and it is, of course, the norm for reports of atrocities to come from the victims, who are not likely to be sympathetic to the murderers of their families and friends. But to raise doubts on this score is permissible only in the case of atrocities conducted by US client states, atrocities that are generally ignored or described with much skepticism and with the US role pointedly omitted, as in this case. The need for care is regularly emphasized by analysts concerned with facts, and regularly disregarded, often with reckless abandon, when there are ideological points to be scored.

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